Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Off the deep end

Of course I'm off the deep end.

That's what makes my business run.

But what about you? Looking for some new ideas? Throw yourself off the deep end...with an alternate tuning!

For ages, I had turned up my nose at the idea of using a different tuning to create new ideas. My reasoning was - it's the same 12 notes, why would a tuning make a difference?

Well, besides turning my nose up at lousy musicians like......oh, say, Jimmy Page, I was missing several points.

1. A new tuning creates different possibilities on the fretboard. Some chords that would be impossible to play in standard tuning present themselves, and unique voicings are born.

2. New horizons are everywhere! The old patterns that seemed to hold my playing hostage with an unbreakable grip shattered in the light of "I have no clue as to what's going on!" Playing with "beginners' mind" (check out "Zen Guitar") is refreshing.

Try putting your guitar into some new tunings today. I've been fooling around with DADGAD, and open G is nifty as well. Open D is another very popular tuning.

Check out this link for more info:

Alternate Tunings

And have fun throwing yourself off the deep end!

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